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Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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Bentley buys C3global for predictive modeling

Bentley buys C3global for predictive modeling

Another move to harness operational Big Data for asset performance management.   Bentley Systems has acquired UK-based C3global, provider of built asset management technology. Bentley will add C3global’s Amulet technology to its AssetWise portfolio, giving it the ability to perform predictive asset performance modeling. The acquisition is consistent with Bentley’s recent moves to enhance its […]

KeyCreator update adds multi-CAD comparison

KeyCreator update adds multi-CAD comparison

Pattern recognition technology compares models from a wide variety of CAD systems. A new version of direct 3D modeling tool KeyCreator is now available from K2D, offering new technology for comparing models created by a wide variety of CAD systems. In recent years direct modeling has become more popular, but still remains less influential in […]

WebAnimate update improves retargeting

WebAnimate update improves retargeting

Browser-based animation rigging tool comes in free and pro versions. IKinema has updated WebAnimate, its browser-based animation and retargeting toolset for indie developers. As with previous versions, there is a free version and a professional upgrade. Both versions can import mocap data as well as files from leading 3D development tools. Notable among new features […]

SPECapc releases PTC Creo 3.0 benchmark

SPECapc releases PTC Creo 3.0 benchmark

Eight workflows test all aspects of hardware performance for use with Creo. Performance benchmarking specialist SPEC has released a new benchmark for PTC’s Creo 3.0 CAD software. The software tool allows users of Creo to evaluate and compare hardware performance. The SPECapc for PTC Creo 3.0 benchmark provides eight workflows that exercise all aspects of […]

Aveva acquires 8over8 for capital discipline

Aveva acquires 8over8 for capital discipline

Adding increased project control to the operations dashboard for oil and gas project development. Power and process plant design and operations software specialist Aveva opens the new year by adding risk management to its operations oversight portfolio. The Cambridge, UK firm is buying 8over8 Ltd, the developer of ProCon, a risk management platform that connects […]

“What’s with them?”

“What’s with them?”

The most talked about companies and products in design/engineering software in 2014, and how they will be trending in 2015. By Randall S. Newton As managing editor of JPR’s GraphicSpeak website, I travel to a wide variety of industry events in the course of the year. I sit through presentations, conduct interviews, and generally try […]

By December 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Energy scooter student project awaits Kickstarter fate

Energy scooter student project awaits Kickstarter fate

Makeosity is connecting Bronx students with design and business training. Now a novel scooter is awaiting Kickstarter funding. A group of Bronx, New York tweens and teens is hoping to attract enough interest on Kickstarter to fund completion of their Energy Scooter, a novel two-wheeled kid scooter that also charges a mobile device. The kids […]

By December 22, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
SketchUp 2015 opening screen honors architectural illustrator

SketchUp 2015 opening screen honors architectural illustrator

Highly sought after for his award-winning hand-drawn visualizations, Steve Oles is also an avid SketchUp user. The team behind Trimble SketchUp takes pride in creating a 3D CAD product that is out of the ordinary. From its free 3D Warehouse (operated by former owner Google) and its free version SketchUp Make (on millions of computers) […]

By December 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Derby the dog gets new legs from 3D printing

Derby the dog gets new legs from 3D printing

Custom orthotics allow disabled dog to run for the first time. [Editor’s Note: There is a link to a YouTube video about Derby at the end of the article.] A New Hampshire dog born with deformed front legs is running for the first time, thanks to kindhearted humans who used 3D technology to create a […]

By December 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
ODA releases Teigha Cloud beta

ODA releases Teigha Cloud beta

Adding support for browser-based rendering and drawing editing is a major goal for the alliance. The Open Design Alliance (ODA) has released its first beta of a cloud framework for use by the developers of design software compatible with the .dwg format. The goal is to provide a framework for member companies to add browser-based […]

By December 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →